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Long lines return to airport
« on: December 29, 2011, 08:23:09 PM »
Congestion has returned to Suvarnabhumi Airport with traffic fully recovered from the flood crisis.

Holiday season travel and flights diverted from the old Don Mueang Airport, closed since Oct 25 due to the deluge, drove the surge in air passenger volume through Bangkok's international airport this month.

Anirut Thanomkulbutra, president of Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), said combined passengers passing through Suvarnabhumi this month came to a daily average of 137,000, up 9.8% over the same period last year.

This month's figures also improved over last month's passenger level of 110,500, which was lower than the same month last year.

Tourist sentiment seems to have rebounded after the floods, he said. Thailand's reputation as a holiday destination, particularly during the current high season, has wooed back passengers.

The congestion is not as bad as the same period last year, remarked Marisa Pongpattanapun, chairwoman of the Airline Operators Committee (AOC), a coalition of global airline managers.

Crowding was visible causing long queues at immigration control, jammed gates and takeoff/landing delays, all due to insufficient capacity. Suvarnabhumi, only opened five years ago, is already operating beyond its 45-million-passenger per year capacity.

Orient Thai Airlines and Nok Air flights have shifted from Don Mueang, adding to the crowding, she said.

Figures released yesterday by AoT show Suvarnabhumi handled 47.8 million passengers _ 288,540 take-offs and landings _ for the year to September.

Suvarnabhumi was also the port of call for 109 international carriers this year, the largest in Southeast Asia.

Congestion at Suvarnabhumi should build the next several years until the 62.5 billion baht expansion increases capacity to 60 million passengers a year. AoT hopes the expansion will take place over the next four to five years.

AoT's six airports including Suvarnabhumi handled 15.46% more passengers in the year to September.
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Re: Long lines return to airport
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2011, 09:09:42 PM »
The 304 to Korat from the south is very busy today. The holiday begins - with a big road safety police presence on the roads.